USU 4-H program asked to share success in Washington D.C.

The Utah State University Extension 4-H Youth and Family with Promise Program shared its success story with the Federal Mentoring Council in Washington D.C. in June. The council is creating a National Mentoring Working Group consisting of the leading national mentoring experts and practitioners, including 4-H. The council wanted a better understanding of the Utah YFP Program, which helps promote developmental assets in at-risk youths. “The presentation seemed to be right on the mark,” said Kevin Kesler, director of 4-H and Youth Programs in Utah. “The goal was to let other agencies know about the success of our program and see if they could improve their own programs by following some of our designs. Based on the number of questions and expressed interest we received, I believe we accomplished the goal.” Others in attendance at the 4-H YFP presentation were representatives from the U.S. Departments of Education, Labor, Justice, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, USDA and the Mentoring Working Group. Led by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the newly formed Federal Mentoring Council is seeking to increase collaboration among federal agencies and develop policies to enhance mentoring. The council will provide input into policymaking, share effective practices, increase collaboration and help build a culture of mentoring. For more information about the USU Extension 4-H YFP Program, visit

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